This time of year we focus on our daily habits and vow to live in a healthier way.
Changing habits (eliminating sugar, getting more exercise, spending more time in nature, getting more sleep and less screen time) are at the top of the list when we plan our healthier lives.
Habits rule our daily life and our existence is shaped by them.
We all have challenges in some areas and look for ways to do better. We want to ditch the bad patterns, find ways to make our lives easier and commit to a plan. We are all unique and individual and there is no one plan that will work for everyone.
If we want to make true changes, we need to identify our personal triggers that lead to habits that get us stuck and sometimes make us sick!
When we understand the cues, we can avoid the cascade of negative patterns. Food and lifestyle are at the base of the pyramid in our daily routines and the foundation for our health.
John and I have created three offerings this year that will open your insights to a healthier way of life. These retreats teach us the why and how, and offers solutions for a better way. We are excited to offer the two-part Commit to Change, which we created for those who asked for a more personalized learning opportunity.
Commit To Change
March 29-31, 2019, on Martha’s Vineyard
October 4-6, 2019, in Vermont
This year, we invite you to come along for a retreat that will change the way you look at your health as you learn what areas you need to focus on that will be based on your current health. Through your lab test results you will learn what YOU have to change and what steps YOU need to take to create those changes. You commit to a five-month course, bookended with two weekend retreats of analyzing your test
results and learning through lectures and cooking classes what changes will work best for you. Along the way, we will encourage and offer recipes for life.
The Gut-Brain Connection
March 22-24, 2019 at Big Picture Farm, an organic goat farm in Townshend, Vt.
We will learn how your microbiome affects your mood, weight, health, and more—and how your lifestyle affects your microbiome.
Cannabis and Your Health
October 11-14, 2019, at Misty Meadows on Martha’s Vineyard
Cannabis is just one more herb that can provide unique medicinal and spiritual benefits. In this retreat, we will explore the different strains, their attributes and how they can boost health.
More about the Diaeta Way approach:
There are physiological reasons our brains become conditioned to certain behaviors, but there are also many ways to change them. Here are some of our core teachings:
• Stress affects your health from a science perspective. "Feel-good" foods like sugars can trigger stress that leaves us feeling worse off in the long term. Yes, you’ll learn about dopamine chemicals and insulin, how it works and the cycle it creates in our bodies.
• Sleep is something we all seem to need more of. You will learn about the affects of blue light, screen time and sunlight. Learn about your body’s natural circadian rhythm and thus your overall health. You'll understand the why this works and how to make adequate sleep a part of your routines.
• Meditation and nature walks are key to personal wellness and an important part of our retreats.
Some of us need a "bad report" on our blood work to get motivated, and some of us just need a little incentive, like a massage at the end of a long week. So our retreats offer a massage therapist who is waiting to tune into you, and there is time in the schedule to get a massage, or meet with John or Jan for a personal consultation .
Begin today and commit to changing a habit that will bring you wellness. Perhaps that will mean committing to one of our retreats! Check them out online and come along. We teach the science behind the health with you in mind, and bring delicious foods to the table with recipes and techniques .
If nothing else for 2019, learning to be nicer and gentler on ourselves is key to living a better life. And kudos to you if you are planning to improve your health and well-being as well! Make some time to key into your habits, acknowledge the good ones, get rid of the ones that don’t serve you so well and pray for peace!
Wishing you good health and wealth and good cheer this 2019, with these wise words from John’s Grandmother in mind:
"It may be healthier to eat beer and franks with cheer and thanks, than to eat sprouts and bread with doubts and dread."
Happy New Year!
John and Jan